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The contest thus begun in two places, the Lacedaemonians were first to repulse the Persians. Mardonius was slain by a man of Sparta named Arimnestus, who crushed his head with a stone, even as was foretold him by the oracle in the shrine of Amphiaraus. Thither he had sent a Lydian man, and a Carian besides to the oracle of Trophonius.1 This latter the prophet actually addressed in the Carian tongue;

1 According to Hdt. 8.135, Mys the Carian visited the shrine of the Ptoan Apollo, overlooking Lake Copais.

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